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Cop witness plea after shed arson

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a suspected arson attack on a shed in Burton.

Detectives are urging people to come forward in a bid to find out the exact circumstances behind the blaze which took place in Kimberley Drive, Winshill.

Staffordshire Police wants to find individuals who were heard using an alleyway that connects the street with Vancouver Drive just minutes before the shed went up in flames.

A spokesman for the force said: “Detectives are appealing for witnesses in relation to a fire that occurred in the rear garden of an address in Winshill.

“At around 11pm on Saturday a fire in a shed situated within the rear garden of the property was reported.

“Although nobody was injured during the fire, the fire service did attend.

“At this early stage of the investigation it would appear that, prior to the fire, voices were heard from the alleyway that connects Vancouver Drive to Kimberley Drive.

“If any person has information about the fire, or saw anyone acting suspiciously in this area at around 10.30pm to 11.15pm on Saturday night, please contact DC 4759 Harris at Burton CID by calling 01785 235933.

“Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

“Officers would also like any resident or business with CCTV that covers this area to make contact with the police as a matter of urgency.”

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that a crew from Burton’s Moor Street Station was sent out to the incident.

A spokesman for the service said: “Firefighters were called to an incident in Kimberley Drive, Winshill, which later turned out to be a shed fire.

“Nobody was injured and the blaze was quickly extinguished.

“An investigation initially pointed towards the cause being deliberate ignition.”

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